Norfolk ‘paedophile ring’ case: Prosecutor claims children’s testimony true

Five children who made “horrific and graphic” allegations of sexual abuse told the truth, a jury has heard.

Prosecutor Angela Rafferty, QC, made her closing speech in the trial of 10 people accused of being in a paedophile ring.

Six women and four men deny multiple charges of sexual assault in a trial at Norwich Crown Court.

Sarah Elliott, speaking for defendant Marie Black, said commonsense shows the accused were not “a paedophile ring”.

Mrs Rafferty said the weeks had been an ordeal and the jury needed a “cool-eyed, cool appraisal” of the evidence.

“These defendants to a lesser or greater extent have perpetrated sexual and physical abuse on five young children,” she said.

“They all knew and they all took part.”

Mrs Rafferty said the children’s accounts did “not point in the direction of these children being liars. They are pointing in the direction of these children telling you the truth”.

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